Edinburgh TV festival talent schemes open for submissions

Posted on 3 April 2017

The Edinburgh International Television Festival is now accepting applications for its 2017 talent schemes.

The charitable organisation runs two training programmes each year, The Network and Ones to Watch, that help talent from a diverse range of backgrounds across the UK kick-start their careers in the TV industry.

The Network gives 60 applicants with little or no experience their first step on the TV ladder for those who want to work behind the camera.

The scheme includes months of mentoring and paid work placements with prestigious companies in the TV industry, as well as a four-day course that takes place alongside the TV festival in August.

To apply, click here.

Ones to Watch (OTW) is aimed at applicants with three or more years’ experience in TV and are looking to make the next big step in their career.

The scheme offers 30 positions and applies to a range of people in the television industry, from assistant producers and directors, writers and marketers to schedulers, business and legal.

OTW will give applicants access to a series of exclusive workshops and masterclasses, which have previously been led by industry executives including Jay Hunt, Charlotte Moore, Vince Gilligan and Vinay Patel.

OTW participants will receive 12 months of training from industry professionals and will be showcased to over 2000 delegates at the Edinburgh TV Festival.

To apply, click here.

Both talent schemes are free to enter and those shortlisted from the online applications will be invited to take part in a series of assessment days across the UK.

The schemes have kick-started the careers of the likes of Fiona Campbell (Controller, BBC News, Mobile & Online), Laura Mansfield (Managing Director, Outline Productions/PACT Chair), Cameron Roach (Commissioning Editor, Sky Drama) and Rajiv Nathwani (Social Media Manager, Netflix).

Jay Hunt, Chief Creative Officer at Channel 4, said of the schemes, “I still get emails from people three years later who participated on these schemes and say it has transformed their career. It’s a fantastic experience and brilliant training ground, and it really can kick start what you want to do for the rest of your life.”

“The Edinburgh TV Talent Schemes are an amazing opportunity and a privilege to be a part of.” Ash Atalla, Founder of Roughcut TV and producer (The Office, People Just Do Nothing), added. “If you’re on these schemes it means you’re the best of the best. A bit like Top Gun but for TV.”

To apply for the schemes, go to their website here to fill out an online applications. All applicants must be over 18.

Applications are open until 28th April at 11pm. The shortlisted applicants will be notified in May.

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